News Release: Midway Fire Department
Midway Will Be Flushing Water Lines
The Midway Fire Department flushes the fire hydrants throughout their response area once a year. Hydrant flushing will commence on May 29th and run through approximately July 5th. The hydrant-flushing program is very important to the maintenance of Talquin’s water distribution system.
During this process, it is not uncommon for a yellow, brown or reddish tint to appear in the water. Harmless mineral deposits settle in the water mains, and flushing the system stirs the deposits causing the discoloration. Flushing removes the sediments from the mains and also serves the following purposes:
What should I do when the City is flushing in my neighborhood?
If you see the Midway Fire Department crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running tap water and using the washing machine or the dishwasher until the flushing is completed. Please drive carefully, if you see the flushing crew working in the area.
What could I expect before and after flushing?
If tap water is used during flushing, it could come out discolored and contain sediment. If you encounter discolored water, shut the water off and wait several minutes. After waiting, check the clarity by running cold water for a few minutes allowing new water to work its way into your pipes. If the water is clear, it's okay to use. If not, wait a few more minutes and check again. In some cases, there may be a slight discoloration for a few hours. This discoloration only affects the appearance of the water; it does not affect the taste or water quality.